Visual Science Studio created a series of educational posters and augmented reality applications for the Science Laboratories of the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow. The project aims to motivate and attract students’ attention to the topics of the school program in the natural sciences, combining the traditional form of the educational poster, familiar to most teachers and a user-friendly mobile application format. For each of the selected topics, we created their own augmented reality (AR) and the electronic version of the poster, which provides the opportunity to delve into the study of the issue in an interactive manner.
The first series of posters and application sections is devoted to four topics: Anatomy of the frog; DNA, RNA, and protein; the Atom; and a Solubility table. The poster design process involved using scientific methods such as computed microtomography, molecular modeling and dynamics, as well as data on the shape of different atomic orbitals. Posters are available for teachers who attended the educational laboratories of the Polytechnic Museum, a free app with augmented reality and electronic versions of the posters are available on Google Play and at the App Store.
The poster shows the structure of the internal organs, skeleton and the brain of the frog as well as the schematic of the blood flow in the heart of the animal and the respiration mechanism, characteristic for the representatives of this group of amphibians. Images were obtained using the data of computer microtomography of the grass frog specimen prepared and contrasted in collaboration with the staff of the Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Biological Faculty of Moscow State University. Augmented reality allows the viewer to magnify the image of the frog and explore both as a complete specimen, and as individual organ systems (including the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, excretory and skeleton) from different angles. The electronic version of the poster contains images of all the organs with captions that can be seen by tapping on the screen of the item of interest.
We are grateful to Ivan Bogantsev (Ph.D. Deputy Director General for science communication and educational activity) for his input to the project
Molecular modelling through computer graphics permits plenty of latitude for exercising artistic talent to inform, explain and instruct. Visual Science shows the way with its high quality, accurate, informative graphics that explain even the most complex processes of life.